The past several months have been busy for injured or ill strays being brought to DoveLewis by good Samaritans, police officers, firefighters and animal services. As the spring and summer days get longer, our stray numbers tend to increase. Because DoveLewis never closes, strays can be brougt to DoveLewis at any hour of the day or night. With the onset of "kitten season", which typically begins in March, we have seen an increase in stray cats and orphaned kittens - some orphaned kittens so young they were thought to have been born the day they were found and brought to DoveLewis. In April, 105 injured or ill stray domestic pets. birds or small wildlife were brought to DoveLewis, which is the most we have treated in one month since October of 2014. Thanks to our donors who so kindly support the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund at DoveLewis - you help make it possible for the DoveLewis clinical team to help these animals in need - we thank you, and the animals thank you for your support.
A few photos of injured or ill strays who were recently brought to DoveLewis:
Thanks for your support from these strays and all the injured or ill strays who come through DoveLewis' doors 24/7/365.
Dove received a record number of owl patients in the last 4 months! We also had a blue heron, 3 seagulls, and 3 hawks as well as the usual dogs, cats, and rodents. We would not be able to care for these animals without the donor-supported Stray and Wildlife Fund. The Fund exists to help injured strays or wildlife without families to provide the resources for their care. You are the reason we are able to continue this program- thank you!
DoveLewis is also very proud to have been voted one of Oregon’s Most Admired Companies in the nonprofit category by the Portland Business Journal for the eighth year! Thanks to our amazing staff members, founders, board, clients, supporters and community partners. All of you helped us earn this wonderful recognition.
We want to share a special stray story with you this winter:
Alone, hairless, deaf and in need of emergency veterinary care—that’s how the neglected and frightened stray dog, Walter, was found late one night in August. His bare skin was damaged and sore because of a chronic skin disease or chemical burns. At 12 years of age, he was also suffering from a heart murmur, severe dental disease and overgrown nails.
It was about midnight when he was brought to DoveLewis, where a team of skilled veterinary professionals provided him with the immediate treatment and compassion he desperately needed. But Walter might not be where he is today, continuing to heal in foster care, if it weren’t for the help of our generous supporters.
As a nonprofit, 24-hour animal hospital, DoveLewis relies on donations to continue serving the Pacific Northwest in unique and vital ways. DoveLewis offers five donor-funded programs to the community, including a Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, a Velvet Assistance Fund for qualifying low-income families facing veterinary emergencies, and a Charlie Fund for abused animals.
Thank you for supporting us-- we were able to treat and care for Walter because you gave to the Stray and Wildlife Fund. Have a wonderful holiday season!
We help hundreds of sick and injured stray animals and wildlife each year—in fact, we never turn an ailing one away. Last year, we provided stabilizing care for 1,666 animals. We receive minimal funding from counties in which we serve and depend on the support of donors to help fund treatment for these animals.
Good samaritans are asked to make a donation for the care of the animal they have rescued, but the expense is often much greater than the contribution. DoveLewis also treats injured wildlife, a cost that is unfortunately not reimbursed by anyone. Care for wildlife and the remainder of the expenses for stray and lost animal care is covered through the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund.
Here are just a few of the stray patients we’ve helped this year thanks to the support of people just like you:
Our 2013 fiscal year numbers are in and our Stray Animal & Wildlife Program continues to be one of our most utilized community programs. We treated 1,166 sick and injured stray and wildlife animals (including lost pets.) These animals are brought to our hospital every year, thanks to the county shelters, Good Samaritans, police officers and firefighters who find them. Because DoveLewis’ doors are open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, we partner with the Audubon Society of Portland to provide stabilizing care for sick and injured wildlife when they are closed nights and weekends. These animals are then transferred to their facility when they open in the morning. In committed effort to locate every stray’s owner, we scan each ailing stray animal brought to our hospital for a microchip and post their photo to our Lost & Found Database. Our database is one of the most comprehensive in the area. The public is also invited to post pictures of lost pets or pets they have found here. We’ve reunited countless families with their pets thanks to this highly-utilized resource.
The donor-supported program provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in care each year, and the number of patients we see annually is trending up. Every donation, big or small, makes a difference to those we treat – patients just like Stevie and Lola. Click the link to learn more about how the DoveLewis Stray Animal & Wildlife Program came to their rescue: http://bit.ly/1dVAQM2
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